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7 - From Revolution to War, 2013‒2015

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 November 2019

Paul D'Anieri
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University of California, Riverside
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The delay of the Association Agreement spurred protests, and violent repression caused them to grow. Yanukovych’s ouster outraged Putin, who again saw a revolution thwart Russia’s position in Ukraine. He saw an irresistible opportunity to respond. Seizing Crimea regained a territory Russia had always wanted; it showed that Russia could defy the West; it boosted Putin’s domestic popularity; and it hamstrung Ukraine’s new government. The conflict then spread to eastern Ukraine, where the shooting down of a passenger aircraft dramatically increased international outrage at Russia’s actions. The West enacted sanctions, while the conflict itself stabilized territorially in the February 2015 Minsk-2 agreement.

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Ukraine and Russia
From Civilied Divorce to Uncivil War
, pp. 211 - 252
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2019

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